I want to share with you a few new resources for those looking for information about tapering and withdrawal from psychiatric medications.
One of my favorite new websites is called the Inner Compass Initiative (https://www.theinnercompass.org/). One of the main tabs is the “learn/ unlearn” section. (https://www.theinnercompass.org/learn-unlearn). This portion of the website gives an abundance of information about pharmaceuticals that your doctor may not be informing you about. As described on the website:
Inner Compass Initiative has developed the mini-booklets, articles and Q&As in this section because descriptions of psychiatric diagnoses and treatments that are provided by most major medical and mental health websites are usually brief, vague and more “promotional” than factual. There are many reasons that some of these websites might knowingly or unwittingly promote misleading ideas about diagnoses and treatments – reasons that are explained in detail in some of our essays. Conversely, we believe that when seeking information to help make serious, potentially life-changing decisions about the well-being of your own (or a friend or loved one’s) body, brain, mind and spirit, you deserve a fairer opportunity to understand and evaluate the facts and potential risks and benefits. We believe that everyone deserves to be empowered to make truly informed choices.
Another wonderful feature of this site is the Withdrawal Project (https://withdrawal.theinnercompass.org/), which gives abundant free resources for those looking into how they can taper off their current medications. It has lots of self-care tips that will help you prepare for possible withdrawal symptoms.
If you are on Twitter, you may be interested in following Christy Huff, M.D. (@christyhuffMD), a cardiologist who regularly tweets about her benzodiazapine withdrawal journey. She also works with the Benzodiazepine Information Coalition (benzoinfo.com), a non-profit organization and resource for those going through withdrawal or tapering.
As a reminder, you can also check out the tapering section of this website here.
If you are interested in writing a guest blog about your experience in tapering off psychiatric medications, please e-mail me at HolisticHP@gmail.com. I love when people share their story to help others who are considering whether or not to take medication.
If you are in need of personalized assistance in your tapering journey, I am available for coaching and nutrient recommendations to help in the transition process of coming off psychiatric medications. You can request a free 15-minute phone consultation at HolisticDepressionCoach.com.
Judy Meyer, HHP, NHC
Founder, Alternative Mental Health Revolution